Set 1 d1t01 Minglewood Blues d1t02 Candyman d1t03 Me & My Uncle > d1t04 Big River d1t05 Ramble on Rose d1t06 Lazy Lightnin' > d1t07 Supplication > d1t08 Deal
Set 2 d2t01 Scarlet Begonias > d2t02 Fire on the Mountain > d2t03 Let it Grow > spacey jam d2t04 Drums > d2t05 Space > d2t05fade (fade out) d3t01fade (fade in) d3t01 Truckin' > d3t02 Wharf Rat > d3t03 Around & Around > d3t04 Johnny B. Goode
Encore d3t05 Don't Ease Me In d3t06 Brokedown Palace
Versions - Different performances of the song by the same artist
Compilations - Other albums which feature this performance of the song
Covers - Performances of a song with the same name by different artists
In order to make this source seamless I first had to fix the patch job from the end of space to the end of Truckin'. The AUD source from LlaMA is actually very good - don't let the one reviewer who gave it 3 stars fool you. I redid the patch in CE PRO, retracked d2t05, d3t01 and d3t02 and used shntool to clean up the sector boundaries. The SHNs were converted to FLAC.
Overlapping fade tracks were added to the end of CD 2 and the beginning of CD 3 for those wishing to burn to CD. For seamless playback simply remove the fade tracks.
December 9, 2019 Subject:
4th of 5 shows, on the backside of '79's best run
Consistent, average '79, but easily overlooked for the three previous nights, the third of which (28th) anchors the venue run with one of the year's top 3 shows. Still, the highlights here are fierce.
First Set. Average GOGD, until the very end where things take off with the Supplication jam. It makes no sense that this Deal isn't on RT 3-1 (instead of the shaky Ramble), with Jer and Bobby laying down some shit-hot interplay. The SBD cuts at 4: 49 (ladner source has a rough cut to a patch).
Second Set. Peaks early with a great Scarlet>Fire. The Scarlet has an aggressive, spit-out solo; Fire is a serious work - the first ace Fire of the early Brent era (well, along with 11/8). Bobby jumps in for Let It Grow and everybody follows on a dime (RT 3-1 cuts off the fine end-jam). Drums>Space is unusual for '79, sounding more mid '80s. The latter is cut from the official release to make room for a middling Wharf Rat (though the decent Truckin' was included). Around & Around is a low point of the run. Is Bobby doing Daltrey, or gargling? [The SBD goes a little south here]. Yet, the second of the two Berries is totally hot, and so is the Dough Knees. The last encore not so much.
1st Set: C 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 2¾ stars
Deal - sudden fire at set's end
Scarlet>Fire - you need both, natch, but it's the Fire that's fire
Johnny B Goode - year's best?
Don't Ease Me In - smoker, '79 stylee
SOURCES: The ladner_tetzeli_fix-4797 is the updated SBD. It runs 1% slow so you need to pitch up a smidge. It goes awry with battery wow at the two Berries, so maybe use the AUD for those (I like the brighter severson_miller_clugston for the 1st set, but the miller_89259 has less AUD chatter/noise for the 2nd). The last two on the SBD need +1.5% pitch (or use AUD here as well). A random batch of ten are bonus tracks on Road Trips v3 n1 (5 from each set) - including the big Scarlet>Fire, which was probably the reason for the release.
January 30, 2014 Subject:
I am a Wharf Rat freak
This version is like a 10.5. Love this song and the passion it produces.
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
January 7, 2008 Subject:
Low Energy Night Or Just Saving Strength?
Perhaps the lads were finally learning to pace themselves and played a short concert so as not to tucker themselves out too much before new year's.
Or maybe it was just a Sunday and the attendee's were somewhat spent after many nights of partying. I know I was. In fact, I went home after this night totally rundown and went to bed for the next two days and missed the next night.
It was one of those nights when the hall was not too crowded, for once, and it lent me license to cruise around the entire auditorium, including the bar upstairs where I liked to hang out. I sensed many around me were just the same, a little frayed around the connection.
The GD sound as if they were the same and were trying to conserve their strength. Hence, we have a shorty here for you -- 2 hrs, 10 mins. Whatever it was, the Gratefulls meandered through set one without special fanfare. Set two is much better and it is of curious note that Jerry had found a soulmate in his new "Tiger."
Garcia is clearly experimenting with the electronics of this new guitar and you can hear evidence beginning on "Deal" of him turning the big cat loose. (This recording has a raucous AUD patch halfway thru). To further illustrate his whimsical and capricious nature on his new fully-equipped, 14 pound, space divining rod Jerry branches out with all sorts of notherworldly harmonic squeals during the Scarlet Fire.
Let It Grow is sort of a wake-up call to put it all together for a time and then quickly shut it down and that is exactly what it sounds like they did. The drums and space sections are particularly high-energy. Then, moving on into Truckin' Jerry and Company are letting it unflail. Wharf Rat is raunchy at its finest.
The tape has some noticeable tape slowings. This sounds like the tape had warped slightly due to heat either there on site, or since, in the subsequent handling. This makes JBG practically unlistenable if you're a purist, but it only seems to be adverse during the first half of the song.
After this annoyance the rest of the show is a very well played Don't Ease followed by Brokedown.
The sound is pretty good on this overall. The performance is come see, come saw.
Fortunately, they seemed to recognize the general energy level of us all and reciprocated in a laid back evening which got us all home before midnite.
Listening to this now after almost 30 years I realize now how thankful I was to finally get home early after a Grateful Dead concert. I was dead tired.